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BLUFF, TEXAS

Fayette County, Central Texas S

Highway 77 South
Directly across from La Grange on the Colorado River
Across the river and up the very winding road to the crest.
Population:
Included in the La Grange Population

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Bluff, TX - Joseph Hausmann, Jr.s Blacksmith Shop, circa 1898-1900
Joseph Hausmann, Jr.s Blacksmith Shop, circa 1898-1900; now located at the Marburger Farm Antique Venue near Warrenton, TX
Courtesy Fayette County Hist. Comm.; submitted by Carolyn Heinsohn, FCHC member

History in a Pecan Shell

Although Bluff now contains the site of Monument Hill and the Ruins of the Kreische Brewery, it will be of interest to visitors that the site was once a thriving community in its own right.

Granted to David Berry as a Mexican land grant in 1832, after the Texas Revolution, it was bought by Carl George Willrich, one of many Germans fleeing conscription back in the old country. H. L. Kreische bought the property in the late 1840s and began the Herculean task of hauling rock for his home and brewery (a task that would end his life).

Kreische had donated land for the burial of victims of the misguided Mier Expedition and the Dawson Massacre. Among the interred was the former owner of the property, David Berry.

Before mail was delivered from La Grange in 1903, Bluff had its own post office (see postmark).

Prior to the damming of the Colorado River, Bluff enjoyed an economy that thrived without competition from the county seat. But as bridges replaced ferries, access to La Grange became easier, Bluff waned, although the brewery remained a popular destination.

Vandalism of the graves and the cracked “Tomb of Texas Heroes” became commonplace and as the 1936 Texas Centennial approached, the cemetery was totally restored and improved – with an inscribed tomb, iron fencing and a dramatic bronze statue by French sculptor Raoul Josset.
Bluff, TX - Ruins of Heinrich Kreische's Brewery; circa late 19th century
Ruins of Heinrich Kreische's Brewery; circa late 19th century
Courtesy Carolyn Heinsohn Photo Collection
Bluff, TX - Schuetzen Verein Pavilion (German Shooting Club)
Schuetzen Verein Pavilion (German Shooting Club); late 19th century
Courtesy Fayette County Hist. Comm.; submitted by Carolyn Heinsohn, FCHC member
Fayette County Oso TX info
Bluff TX 1888 Postmark
Postcard cancelled with Bluff Texas 1888 Postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Monument Hill Tx - Kreische House
Kreische House today in Monument Hill
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
Monument Hill Tx - Kreische Complex Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
Monument Hill Statue by Raoul Josset
Statue by Raoul Josset on Monument Hill
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TX Fayette County vintage map
Fayette County 1907 Postal map showing Bluff (just S of La Grange)
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Bluff, Texas
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